Wednesday, April 1, 2009

China Trip #4: So Similar So Different

Hong Kong and now Guangzhou are (to western eyes) quite surreal places. HK is like NYC except all of it is like Manhattan. The population density in HK is through the roof, but there is very little of the dirt one associates with big western cities. No litter. No dog crap (no dogs). Strange names of businesses in English and Cantonese. Ferries that look like they will sink at any time. Guangzhou is more "Chinese" (if that word means anything in this context) and much less the finished product. Opulence and poverty side by side.
A little girl, four years old maybe, followed me for some way with her hand out asking for money. I only had my credit card and a bloody big lump in my throat.

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